Local jobless rates at new low

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MADISON - Beloit and Rock County had record low unemployment rates in September, according to figures released by the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development Wednesday.

Beloit recorded its lowest unemployment rate so far this year in September with a rate of 3.2 percent.

The rate was down from 4.5 percent recorded in August, and down from 3.8 percent recorded in September of 2017.

Beloit's rate still was the fourth highest among Wisconsin's 32 largest communities. Racine had the highest rate at 4.2 percent in September, followed by Milwaukee at 3.8 percent and then Kenosha with 3.6 percent.

Before September, Beloit's lowest jobless rate in 2018 was in April when it was 3.5 percent. Beloit's unemployment rate was 3.6 percent in January and in May. The lowest rate recorded for Beloit in 2017 was 3.3 percent in December.

Beloit was among five Wisconsin communities that recorded its lowest monthly unemployment rate ever or tied its lowest rate, according to the Department of Workforce Development. The other communities were Fond du Lac, Green Bay, La Crosse and Manitowoc.

Nearby Janesville tied with West Allis and Mt. Pleasant to record the seventh highest unemployment rate in the state at 3.1 percent in September, down from 3.3 percent in August.

All 32 of Wisconsin's largest communities recorded unemployment rate declines between August and September.

Rock County recorded an unemployment rate of 2.8 percent in September, down from 3.4 percent in August and down from 3.2 percent in September of 2017. Rock County had a rate of 2.8 percent in December of 2017, which was the lowest jobless rate recorded for the county.

Walworth County recorded an unemployment rate of 2.4 percent in September, down from 3 percent in August and down from 2.8 percent in September of 2017.

Iowa County had the lowest unemployment rate out of Wisconsin's 72 counties at 1.8 percent in September, down from 2.1 percent in August.

Menominee County had the highest unemployment rate in the state at 5.5 percent in September, down from 8.4 percent in August.

Unemployment rates declined in all Wisconsin counties between August and September with the exception of Florence County, which increased from 3.2 percent in August to 3.4 percent in September.

Wisconsin's unemployment rate was 3 percent in September, unchanged from August.

The national rate was 3.7 percent in September, down from 3.9 percent in August.

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